Back Mountain Memorial Library

A member of the Luzerne County Library System

96 Huntsville Road

Dallas, PA 18612

HOURS: Mon  -  Thurs:           9:30am - 8:30pm

              Friday:                      9:30am - 5:30pm

              Saturday:                  9:30am - 4:30pm
PH:  570-675-1182             FAX:  570-674-5863
Click the link above
to access the
Kids Power Library!
Click HERE for
Memorial and Honor
Donation Forms.
Click HERE for
Giving Evergreens
Engraving Forms.
Engraved Bricks
To Purchase: $100
Per Brick
Click HERE for
Book Donation

Click the link for

a list of YA Card
Community Sponsors
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Holiday Hours


The library will be closed

Saturday, December 23

and Monday, December 25.


We will also be closed

Saturday, December 30

and Monday, January 1.


We will be open our normal hours

the remainder of the weeks.


Student Page Position Available


The library has an opening for a Student Page Position.

The schedule is for two evenings from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, and every other Saturday from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Must be 16 to apply.


Ask for an application at the front desk.

Circuits, Sinterklaas,

Dreidels, and More

Monday, December 18 ~ Ages 5 - 12

5:00pm Holiday Activities

6:30pm Light Refreshments

Children’s Room. Call or come in to register.


See the Children’s Room Page for more information on this fun children’s program!

Holiday Open House

Wednesday, December 20

and Thursday, December 21

11:00am to Closing


The library will be holding an open house on December 20 and 21 in gratitude to our community for its patronage and continued support. Stop in to enjoy delicious treats, and a relaxing and festive atmosphere!

Book Club


The Book Discussion Groups are looking for new members!
Anyone interested in joining these fun and relaxed book groups can call or come in to the library to sign up.


Monday morning Book Club meets the 4th Monday at 10:00am.

Thursday morning Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday at 10:00am.

Events and Fundraisers

Extravagant Holiday Sale

Continuing throughout December!


Gift items, decorations, wreaths, vintage collectibles, Nativity sets, and all things holiday themed will be available. All sales benefit the library.

Holiday Basket Raffle!


Purchase your chance to win these beautiful decorative baskets today!

Baskets are on display at the front desk. Tickets are $1.00 each, or 6 for $5.00.


The drawing will be held at the library on Monday, December 18. You do not have to be present to win. All proceeds benefit the library.

The Giving Evergreen
The "Giving Evergreens" is a sculpture, created by Sanford Werfel, of three evergreen trees with pine needle clusters finished in gold, silver, and copper and hand carved stones.

Adding a pine needle cluster, stone, or tree is a lasting and exceptional way to celebrate, honor, or remember someone who has touched your life!

Click on the picture or the link at left for a Giving Evergreen Engraving Form.
Art Wall

Oil Paintings by Samir Abdo


Oil paintings by Samir Abdo of Damascus, Syria will be on display throughout the month of December. The display is entitled Images of Damascus.


Abdo, who was born in Lebanon in 1970, has been painting in different styles for the past 28 years. He received his degree from The Fine and Applied Arts Institute and then worked as an art teacher for 26 years. Samir participated in multiple art shows in Damascus between 1999 and 2008. During this period he was working and selling his paintings from his shop in the Old City section of Damascus. Abdo was also doing private sessions for college students where he would teach them painting and engineering drawing. Samir and his family immigrated to the United States ten months ago and says he was unable to paint until they got settled into their house.

Samir states that since he was a young child he was intrigued by using a pen to draw different lines on a white paper, and later on he began to draw different things that he saw with more detail which resulted in his falling in love with drawing. Samir credits his art teachers as his biggest supporters of his talents, as his highest grades were art.

Abdo sells his art, as it is an important source of income for him. He has sold some pieces through events sponsored by different organizations as well as from his home studio. Last month he had two shows, one hosted by Misericordia University Campus Ministry at Camp Orchard Hill, and the other in Scranton hosted by Catholic Social Services. Currently, he is still learning English, and he says it is hard to have scheduled sessions, but he would love to when his English is better. However, he is very happy to take on commissioned pieces and requests.

Samir adds that he is “very grateful for this opportunity to have my art displayed at the Back Mountain Library where I can share some images of my Old Town that is very dear to me.” If you are interested in reaching Samir to purchase paintings or to inquire about commissioned pieces, he can be reached at

Display Case




This December the library will be displaying items from our Extravagant Holiday Sale!


If you are interested in one of these unique and beautiful decorations, they are available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the library.

Continuing Programs

2017 Fall Story Time

Story Times begin the week of October 17

and end the week of December 5.


Please see the Children's Room Page

for more information.

Basic Computer and E-Reader Instruction
Wednesdays ~ 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The library is offering free one-on-one basic lessons on using e-readers, iPads, computers, and basic internet use! You can register for a lesson by caling or coming in to the library.

To Renew Items Online:

1) Click on the icon or the Online Catalogue tab at left.
2) You will be directed to a new page. At the upper right corner there is a My Account link. Click on the link.
3) The site will prompt you for your barcode and password. The barcode number is on your card, the default password for all patron's is "CHANGEME." (Once you have logged in you can set the password to one of your choosing.)
4) Click on the Checkouts tab.
5) Click on the box next to the item you want to renew.
6) Click on the Renew button.
(To change your password: in My Account,
click on the Change Pin tab.)
Downloadable eBooks Are Available!
Click on the eBooks Are Here! icon, shown.
You will need a library card for Luzerne County. 
If you have any problems, please feel free
to contact the library for assistance.
Please visit the
Children's Room Page
for information about
upcoming events and activities
for children and young adults!
Click on the Friends of the Library's page
for the current Newsletter!

Calendar of Events